Travertine tiles or travertine is one of the oldest building materials available to install in your home. It is a durable stone that can introduce lots of natural beauty to your decor. Its visibly porous, pocked surface gives it a truly distinctive texture.
Available in a multitude of colors, travertine tile can be finished, so it appears polished, honed, brushed, or tumbled. The wide variety of travertine looks available means that there's a tile that can create the right vibe in any room you have in mind, from bathrooms to kitchens.
Where do travertine come from:
Travertine quarries are located in Turkey and Italy. Roman travertine has been used for centuries all over the World. The best-known variety is Roman travertine or Silver Travertine from Italy and Osso travertine or Alabastrino Travertine. In fact most of Rome is build with travertine blocks from nearby quarries.
Tuscan travertine is another type of popular material. Tuscan travertine is not very directional ( meaning veins are not linear ); therefore, it is best if it is crosscut. Crosscut travertine also shows less holes and it is easier to fill.
Crosscut travertine means it is against the river bed, and it will look like big waves or circles. Turkish travertine is quarried all over Turkey. The most prominent area is Denizli quarries. Denizli quarries produce Ivory travertine, Walnut travertine, and yellow or Golden Sienna travertine. All these are natural stone travertine tiles.
American travertine quarries in New Mexico and Colorado produce some beautiful colors, but they are not widely commercialized. Domestic installations like government buildings install travertine to comply with local rules.
What are the travertine finishes:
Most typical travertine tiles come in filled and polished. Subtle move towards honed finish or mat finish made honed and filled travertine very popular. Honed unfilled can be used in exterior vertical applications like wall tiles or rustic travertine walls. We don't recommend unfilled finish in interior floor applications because holes will get dirty. Finally, the tumbled finish is very popular in pool decks and exterior floor applications like walkways, swimming pool decks, and spa areas. A tumbled finish creates a less slippery surface for wet areas. Tumbled travertine is perfect for all wet areas in resorts and luxury hospitality applications that require stone tile.
Where can you use travertine tiles:
Residential floors, residential walls, shower floors, shower walls, backsplashes, and all kinds of floor areas are recommended for commercial applications bathroom floors and walls as well as all lobby wall cladding. Travertine is the most functional stone flooring materials. It is durable and easy to maintain. Travertine tile is a natural floor covering material for warm climates and resorts. Travertine slabs can be beautiful in book match slab cladding.
What to look for in travertine:
Travertine should be uniform in color distribution and even in veining. The amount of holes also determine the quality. Usually, more holes mean more commercial grade. The fill color should be reasonably close to the background color.
How to maintain travertine tiles:
you should use regular clean water to mop and clean. We recommend sealing all travertine tiles with a good sealer like Ardex.